Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The search for the Snakebird.

Today at the Clot De Galvany

The 4 Amigos searched for the Snakebird with at least 3 Snakebirds present in the last week, to be honest, it only took a few minutes for one to popped out, a tick in the book of life for Michelle, and a year tick for John. It was flushed by a Blackbird and flew a long way out of sight.

Wryneck Bird 1
Notice how lightly barred the breast pattern is compared with bird 3

Only moments later another bird perched in a dead tree, close by and easy to pick out. 
(Michelle found this one and as a lifer for Michelle it's now her turn to buy the beer?) and not a Werther's moment in sight we got to get organised?

Wryneck Bird 2

En route to the big hide, yet another Wryneck perched up for us.

Bird 3
Notice the feather pattern above the eye is different from Bird 2 and Bird 1 and the spots in the wing is different to Bird 2

At the big hide, Malcolm Palmer (CBBC) sneaked in, arriving in incognito and so we didn't recognise him until he spoke, good job we weren't talking about him, it could have been very embarrassing moment, he mention that he'd seen a late Common Redstart, at the dry hide so, later on, we went to check it out, on the way a flyover of yet another Wryneck.
I was the only one, to see this bird?

I caught up with one of the wardens of the Clot De Galvany and reported our sighting and my thoughts on why Wryneck have returned. 
And so after reviewing my images I'm sure that I've  photography at least 4 Different Wrynecks, seen my earlier post from 22nd the Wryneck photo and feather detail doesn't match any of the October 26th images?

 For year's the big pool has been dry and only the smallest amount of water there, till the Gota Fria September 2019 click link below to see the blog and images and we all know what happens in 2020--- Covid19

But could I remind everybody the reality of  Global Warming its here,
 Thing have changed and all the sign are there for all to see.

 So I think it's all to do with the water that's accumulated in the big seasonal lakes, Almost every Wryneck I've ever seen has occurred close to water for instance seen at San Felipe or other places or in a sandy path or close to a dry stone walls licking up Ants

The usual suspects were there but no sign of the Ferruginous Duck?

 see my earlier blog post 
For species list

Wrynecks are in the woodpecker family, but I don't think they exactly fit in, at least at first glance in the family of Woodpeckers
For one, they don't peck wood. Instead, they nest in holes that other species have laboriously excavated for themselves. And unlike their tree-drilling brethren, Wrynecks forage on the ground, using there exceedingly  long tongues to slurp the fat-rich Ants

Nice birding morning 

With Mark, John, Michelle, also good to catch up with Malcolm Palmer
Where to next week?
Have a great day
Cheers Bryan 

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